116 South Topsail Drive, Surf City, North Carolina 28445

Hi Everyone! Our Fall Schedule including Afterschool Science Adventures, Homeschool Science Classes and Toddler Science Classes is posted. Registration is available online! Standby for Field Trip/School & Group Program details!

Ecological Marine Adventure (EMA) is a Marine Education Center that specializes in   hands-on, in the field education adventures for children and families.
 ** Remember due to high call volume, EMAIL is our preferred method of contact. You can reach us at  EMA@townofsurfcity.com**
Here at EMA we believe that hands-on learning is the best kind of learning! Our programs ignite children's natural curiosity in the world around them while providing them the knowledge and tools to preserve, protect, and enjoy our environment for the future!
We offer fun, exciting, and educational activities, classes, and programs for LOCAL and VACATIONING year round.

EMA offers amazing Field Trip opportunities for SCHOOLS (Preschool - 8th Grade)

Other Programs Available:

  • FREE Community Marine Science Class ( Tuesdays and Thursdays 1-2PM, Public Beach Access, Kinston Avenue, Surf City, NC) Starting July 5th ending Labor Day weekend
  • Public / Private / Homeschool Field Trips and School Classes (Pre-K - 12th Grade)



  • "Our discovery of EMA made our beach trip to Topsail Island simply fabulous! Our Ghost Crab Hunt experience is still the first thing we talk about when asked about our summer va..."
    Wendy & Yusif
    Delighted Ohio Vacationers!
  • "Our grandchildren twin girls age 5 and grandson age 6 all have attended different programs when they have come to visit us during the summer on Topsail Island. I can't not sing ..."
    Bobbie Mcgowen
    Happy Happy Gam

How to Find Us

116 South Topsail Drive, Surf City, NC 28445